Internships

Rachel Carsrud with exhibit on John R. Milton

Former intern Rachel Carsrud with the exhibit she developed about John R. Milton, founding editor of the South Dakota Review.

Working in a professional setting at the Center for Western Studies, interns develop sensitivity to the history and cultural diversity of the plains region and learn about the practical aspects of managing a research agency. The principal area of internship activity is the research collections, but students may also participate in book editing and publishing, conference and special event administration, and fundraising and marketing.

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All recurring internships, including the Mildred White Internship, the Julius and Dorothy Jacobsen Internship, and the Anson and Ada May Yeager Internship, are paid positions available to Augustana students. The Jacobsen Internship is restricted to graduates of West Central High School, Tri-Valley High School, or Montrose High School. The Center also offers paid internships to graduate students, contingent upon funding availability.

Graduates of the Center for Western Studies' Internship Program in Archives and Museum Management can be found all over the United States as well as overseas.

Margaret Dow  2018-19

  • Internship in archives management made possible through an Anson and Ada May Yeager Scholarship at Augustana University
  • Major Projects: TBD

Katelyn Retterath — 2018

  • Internship in archives management made possible through a Doris Huseboe Scholarship at Augustana University
  • Major Projects: Conducted an inventory and improved catalog records for the CWS Fine Art and Non-accessioned Art Collections

Austin Kroeger  2018-19

  • Internship in archives management made possible through a Julius and Dorothy Jacobsen Scholarship at Augustana University
  • Major Projects: Augustana University archives

Madelyn Braun  2017-19

  • Internship in archives management made possible through a Mildred White Scholarship at Augustana University
  • Major Projects: South Dakota Symphony Orchestra Collection, League of Women Voters of Sioux Falls Collection, exhibit on Carnegie libraries in South Dakota

Hope Clark  2017-19

  • Internship in archives management made possible through an Anson and Ada May Yeager Scholarship and a Mildred White Scholarship at Augustana University
  • Major Projects: Lillian Johnsson Collection, Duane Matz Collection, exhibits on Eugene McCarthy's 1968 presidential campaign and the 1918 Influenza Pandemic

Mason Breitling  2017-19

  • Internship in archives management made possible through a Mildred White Scholarship at Augustana University
  • Major Projects: Augustana University archives, exhibits on the Battle of the Little Bighorn and Augustana's response to the AIDS crisis in the 1980s

Makayla Burns  2017-18

  • Internship in archives management made possible through a Julius and Dorothy Jacobsen Scholarship at Augustana University
  • Major Projects: Digitization

Noah Sundstrom -— 2016-17

  • Internship in archives management made possible through a Mildred White Scholarship at Augustana University
  • Major Projects: Augustana University archives, exhibit on Thomas Fawick
  • Current Position: Content Strategist, PatientX Agency, Sioux Falls, SD

Cara Beck  2016-17

  • Internship in collections management made possible through a Mildred White Scholarship at Augustana University
  • Major Projects: Exhibit on student life at Augustana during the 1970s, Jim Winker Collection
  • Current Position: Summer Associate, Husch Blackwell, Kansas City, MO

Jenna Glassburner  2016-17

  • Internship in archives management made possible through an Anson and Ada May Yeager Scholarship at Augustana University
  • Major projects: Digitization

Riley Danielsen  2015-16

  • Internship in archives management made possible through a Julius and Dorothy Jacobsen Scholarship at Augustana University
  • Major Projects: Episcopal Diocese of South Dakota archives, new acquisitions, digitization

Matthew Housiaux  2015-16

  • Internship in archives management made possible through a Mildred White Scholarship at Augustana University
  • Major Projects: Exhibit on women's activism in South Dakota, updated index to Dakota Conference papers, digitization
  • Current position: Associate Editor, Kiplinger Letter, Washington, D.C.

Thomas Norland  2015-16

  • Internship in archives management made possible through a Mildred White Scholarship at Augustana University
  • Major Projects: Exhibit on Sioux Falls Municipal Band, Augustana University archives, South Dakota Symphony Orchestra archives, digitization
  • Current position: Title Reviewer, First Dakota Title, Sioux Falls, SD

Lauren Evans  2014-15

  • Internship in archives management made possible through a Mildred White Scholarship at Augustana College
  • Major Projects: Cataloging of the CWS artifact collection (notably the Sally J. Fantle and Shirley Savage Jones Collections), curation of artifacts from long-term exhibits in Fantle Building, exhibit on passports
  • Current position: Title Reviewer, First Dakota Title, Sioux Falls, SD

Brooke Lowin  2013

  • Internship in event planning and collections management arranged through Augustana College
  • Major Projects: Continued work on CWS art collections database
  • Current Position: Marketing Manager, Hope Haven, Inc., Rock Valley, IA

Seth Wolles  2012-15

Seth Wolles

  • Internship in archives management made possible through a Julius and Dorothy Jacobsen Scholarship at Augustana College
  • Major Projects: Carol Mashek Collection, Augustana College archives, updating on-line abstracts
  • Current Position: Head Atheltic Trainer, Briar Cliff University, Sioux City, IA

Rebecca Sunde  2012-15

  • Internship in archives management made possible through a Mildred White Scholarship at Augustana College
  • Major Projects: Edwin and Pearl (Lewison) Hesby Collection, Augustana College archives, Blue Cloud Abbey-American Indian Culture Research Center artifact collection, continued work on CWS art collections database
  • Current Position: Studio Assistant, Landland, Minneapolis, MN

Sebastian Forbush  2012-14

  • Internships in archives management made possible through a Mildred White Scholarship and others arranged through Augustana College
  • Major Projects: Episcopal Diocese of SD records, C.E. Van Norman, Jr. Collection of Riggs family papers, CWS admin. records
  • Current position: Education and Volunteer Coordinator, Silent Wings Museum, Lubbock, TX

Lauren Anderson  2011-13

  • Internship in art collection management made possible through a Mildred White Scholarship at Augustana College
  • Major Projects: Continued work on CWS art collection database, assistance with gallery exhibits and art events
  • Current Position: Riddle's Jewelry, Sioux Falls, SD

Rebekah Walker  2011-12

  • Internship in archives management made possible through a Mildred White Scholarship at Augustana College
  • Major Projects: Ron Nelson papers
  • Current Position: Digital Humanities & Social Sciences Librarian, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY

Rachel (Carsrud) Jordaan  2009-12

  • Internship in archives management made possible through a Julius and Dorothy Jacobsen Scholarship at Augustana College
  • Major Projects: Reorganizing the Augustana Photograph Collection, processing archival collections
  • Current Position: Speech Language Pathologist, Carrington, ND

Hannah DeFreese  2009

  • Internship in collections management made possible through a Mildred White Scholarship at Augustana College
  • Major Project: Working with PastPerfect database to inventory CWS permanent art collection
  • Current Position: AP World History Teacher, Benson High Magnet School, Omaha, NE

Amanda Jenson — 2009

Amanda Jenson

  • Internship in archives management made possible through a Mildred White Scholarship at Augustana College
  • Major Projects: Processing new archival donations from the South Dakota Episcopal Diocese
  • Current Position: Associate Attorney, Austin Hinderaker Hopper Strait & Benson, Watertown, SD

Maren (Peterson) Bader — 2009

  • Internship in collections management made possible through a Mildred White Scholarship at Augustana College
  • Major Project: Organizing the CWS three-dimensional artifact collection

Lauren (Jones) Kaufman  2008-09

  • Internship in archives management made possible through a Mildred White Scholarship at Augustana College
  • Major Project: Working on a collection of Civil War letters and journal of Samuel DeForest Woodford, a member of the 154th New York State Volunteers
  • Current Position: Staff Attorney, ACLU of Nevada

Andrew Erickson  2007-09

  • Internship in Sioux Falls theater history made possible through a Julius and Dorothy Jacobsen Scholarship at Augustana College
  • Major Projects: Cataloging theater productions in Sioux Falls to 1945, inventorying permanent art collection using PastPerfect
  • Current Position: Consultant - Success Management, Market Logic Software, Berlin, Germany; English Instructor, Lernstudio Barbarossa, Potsdam, Germany

Kelly Goertzen  2007-08

  • Internship in archives management and historical document editing made possible through a Mildred White Scholarship at Augustana College
  • Major Projects: Anson Yeager papers, Sioux Falls Rotary Club Records, Lillie Hays Letters
  • Current Position: Corporate Trainer, UnitedHealth Group, Minneapolis, MN

Kristin Foggia  2007

  • Internship in archives management made possible through a Julius and Dorothy Jacobsen Scholarship at Augustana College
  • Major Project: Augustana College Archives

Kelli (Kappenman) Petersen  2006-07

All Runner, Plowman, Feller, Kappenman

  • Internship in Sioux Falls history made possible through a Julius and Dorothy Jacobsen Scholarship at Augustana College

Laura Plowman  2005-08

  • Internship in archives management made possible through a Mildred White Scholarship at Augustana College
  • Major Projects: Guide to Photographic Collections, Augustana College Archives, Dakota Conference papers
  • Current Position: Social Studies Teacher, Brookings High School, Brookings, SD

Elizabeth (Thrond) Cisar  2005

  • Internship in archives management arranged through Augustana College
  • Major Projects: Augustana College Archives, Sioux Falls Theater Collection
  • Current Position: Collections Assistant, Center for Western Studies of Augustana University, Sioux Falls, SD

Antonia Dauster  2004-05

Toni Dauster

  • Internship in archives management arranged through Eastern Illinois University
  • This internship was made possible in part by a grant from the Mary Chilton DAR Foundation
  • Major Projects: United Church of Christ Archives, Elizabeth R. Gutch Papers, South Dakota American Guild of Organists Collection, Dorothy Grinager Collection
  • Current Position: Financial Manager, Branch District Library, Coldwater, MI

Holli (Axtell) Zimmerman  2003

  • Internship arranged through Augustana College
  • Current Position: Revenue Cycle Specialist, Lakes Regional Healthcare, Spirit Lake, IA

Brandi (Hatle) Schneider  2002

  • Internship arranged through Augustana College
  • Major Project: Western art exhibit research and writing

Deborah Lyon  2000

  • Independent Internship: Advanced Reese Intern
  • Major Projects: Supervised the PastPerfect collections management project, reorganized the Augustana College Archives, provided reference services to patrons, and assisted with such CWS events as the Dakota Conference

Nichole Kranzler-Gacke  1999

  • Internship arranged through the University of South Dakota
  • Major Projects: Inaugurated the project to catalog CWS collections using PastPerfect collections management software. Participated in revising the CWS membership brochure and assisted with several CWS events, including the Dakota Conference, June Event, and Boe Forum
  • Current Position: Government Administration Professional, Casper, WY

Jennifer Johnson  1998

  • Internship arranged through the University of South Dakota
  • Major Projects: Guide to Women's History Sources at the Center for Western Studies, selected documents from the CWS collections on the CWS web page, assistance with the Dakota Conference and Boe Forum on Public Affairs

Ben Wester  1998

  • Internship arranged through Augustana College
  • Major Project: American Indian Culture Research Center Records, assistance with Papers of the Thirtieth Annual Dakota Conference

Leah (Gleason) Hebner  1997

  • Internship arranged through Augustana College
  • Major Projects: Herbert Krause Papers, Echoes from the Little Big Horn exhibit catalog, editorial assistance with A Twentieth-Century Life by Arthur Larson
  • Current Position: Director of Data Analytics and Metrics, Good Samaritan Foundation, Sioux Falls, SD

Tim Hoheisel  1997

  • Internship arranged through St. Cloud State University
  • Major Projects: Herbert Krause Papers; assistance with the Artists of the Plains Art Show and Sale, Dakota Conference, and June Event
  • Current Position: Founding Principal, HMA Cultural Consulting, LLC, Sioux Falls, SD

Rebecca (Stromstad) Glaser  1996

  • Internship arranged through Augustana College
  • Major Projects: Explorations of the American West exhibit, editorial assistance with Fort Sisseton by Harold Schuler, assistance with the Artists of the Plains Art Show and Sale
  • Current Position: Associate Publisher, Amicus, Mankato, MN

Michael Hargesheimer  1995

  • Internship arranged through St. Cloud State University
  • Major Projects: Lawrence Stavig Papers, American Indian Culture Research Center Papers, assistance with the Boe Forum on Public Affairs
  • Current Position: Billing Specialist, United Healthcare, Eau Claire, WI

Shane Nackerud  1995

Clockwise from top left: Worcester, Lyon, Nackerud, Hagen, Knauss

  • Internship arranged through Augustana College
  • Major Projects: John R. Milton Papers, assistance with the Dakota Conference
  • Current Position: Technology Lead for Libraries Initiatives, University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis, MN

Karin Koster  1994

  • Internship arranged through St. Cloud State University
  • Major Project: Reuben Goertz Collection
  • Current Position: Inver Grove Heights Historical Society, Inver Grove Heights, MN

Jan Larson — 1993

  • Internship arranged through Augustana College
  • Major Projects: Augustana College Archives, assistance with the Dakota Conference
  • Current Position: Counselor, Luverne School District, Luverne, MN

Deborah Lyon  1993

  • Internship arranged through the University of South Dakota
  • Major Projects: Enos Jones Collection, Augustana College Archives, assistance with the Dakota Conference
  • Former Position: Archive Assistant, University Archives/Special Collections, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, NE

Christel (Knauss) Gollnick — 1992

  • Internship arranged through Augustana College
  • Major Projects: Fred and Marie Christopherson Papers, Bishop Walter Jones Papers, assistance with the Dakota Conference
  • Current Position: Owner/President, JUPER Communications, Trimble, MO

Michael Worcester  1992

  • Internship arranged through St. Cloud State University
  • Major Projects: Norwegian Singers Association of America Records, South Dakota Ornithologists' Union Records, assistance with the Artists of the Plains Art Show and Sale and Dakota Conference
  • Current Position: Interpreter, Charles Lindbergh Historic Site & Museum, Little Falls, MN